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  • Stuart

    Here in San Antonio we just passed a pre-k tax. Mind you we already had one. But now its going to be $15,000 PER STUDENT pre-k class that only ELL students who are also under the poverty line can attend. Our sales tax was apparently raised some small minute amount..like .08 of a percent.

    That isn't the point. My main questions is, why in gods name is a public school pre-k program going to cost 15,000 per student? does that not seem extremely high? At the leading private school in San Antonio the cost for pre-k is 3,000 for 4 half days, 5,500 for 4 full days and 6,800 for 5 full days... I could send 2 students here for the price of the public school cost.

    I guess what just really chaps me is that it isn't available to everyone. It's available to ELL students only. My baby girl doesn't speak spanish, but according to the poverty line we are under it...but she still doesn't qualify.

    Good on the citizens of Los Angeles for funding public education, I wish it would spread here with more equality.

  • Joe Hewitt

    And what does prop 38 not passing say? People care about education as long as it's not their income taxes at stake. Why didn't they both pass?

    • Liz Dwyer

      What really hurt Prop 38 is that only provided funding for pre-K through K-12 programs. There was no support of higher education. As one op-ed I wrote stated, "where will high school seniors go after community colleges, CSU and UC have their budgets slashed further?"

      • Joe Hewitt

        Liz,
        From what I gather from your previous post, you indicate that you think the reason proper 38 didn't pass wasn't because of who had to pay the taxes, but because the money was not going to higher education as well. In Oregon, Measure 85 reformed a tax "kicker" that redirects money going back to corporations into the general fund to be used for K-12 education. Why did people in Oregon pass this measure, but people in CA not pas 38? They both would help fund K-12, which is a good thing. Saying that people would not vote for prop 38 because of what it didn't include is like saying you don't want new tires on your care because it doesn't also come with a paint job. I maintain my opinion that the bigger reason that prop 38 did not pass is the "not me" approach to raising taxes. Either way, I look forward to your articles and respect your opinions.

    • Liz Dwyer

      That's what I say, too!

  • jakebarrington

    I believe that education is the most important investment a people can make.

    • Liz Dwyer

      I agree, Jake. Around midnight last night Prop 30 was losing slightly and I couldn't go to sleep until I got word that it had pulled ahead. Whew.